Way Elementary School

Belief sets are at play in every school. Some refer to it as a vision, others to a mission. Setting aside outdated educational practices of the past, at Way Elementary we nurture a culture of thinking and compassion by embracing the Visible Thinking framework.

In This We Believe at Way Elementary

  • Focusing students on the learning vs. the work
  • Teaching for understanding vs. mere knowledge
  • Encouraging deep vs. surface learning strategies
  • Promoting independence vs. dependence
  • Developing a growth vs. fixed mindset

Want to learn more? Please feel free to contact us for an appointment and tour.

Our job is not to make up anybody's mind, but to open minds and to make the agony of the decision making so intense you can escape only by thinking. - Fred Friendly

A Window Into Way

Visible Thinking Program at Michigan School

Making Our Thinking Visible

It is often difficult to comprehend the extensive amount of thinking, learning, and understanding that is taking place inside your child’s classroom each and every day. A Window Into Way will provide you with snapshots of learning opportunities students are engaged in; experiences in which thinking is valued, visible and actively promoted. By making student’s thinking visible, we can better understand how our students are learning as well as their depth of understanding. Enjoy!


First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade


Way News 9/14/18

Dear Way Families,

As we begin the new school year, Way Elementary will be implementing a new policy regarding provision of food at school celebrations.  Currently, the majority of our classrooms report some form of food allergy restriction. This represents a tipping point for us. Policing food at parties and other celebrations is not only time consuming, but places staff and at-risk students in a potentially dangerous position. With this in mind, the only food brought into the building for celebrations and other day-time events will be orchestrated between the classroom teacher and head-room parent.  For the last several years, Way has adhered to a healthy foods policy and those foods will be stressed for these special occasions.

As has always been the case, you will still be able to make personal food choices for your child's lunch or snack, providing the food doesn't contain the allergen at play in the classroom. All families should have previously been notified about allergy conditions of the classroom.  

Attention to these minor shifts in thinking and behavior should lead to a safer and healthier environment for all.



Adam Scher

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Bowers School Farm Fall Festival

Join in on the fun! Bowers School Farm Fall Festival (in partnership with Preservation Bloomfield) is Saturday & Sunday, October 13 & 14, 2018, from 12 - 6 p.m. with a Magic & Mystery Kids Show from 2-3 p.m. each day! Tons of activities for everyone! Wagon rides, animals, food trucks, cider, face painting, pumpkin picking and decorating, bounce house, strawland, bungee run, inflatable archery, historical activities, live music, and more! $10 per person; 3 and under free. For more information visit or call 248.341.6481. 

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Way students and staff were eager to continue growing a sense of community as they gathered with their PRIDE dens for our first shared experience of the year.  After welcoming our newest students, relationships were strengthened as dens worked together to accomplish various tasks, play cooperative games, smile, laugh, and showcase those PRIDE behaviors!

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enVision Math 2.0 Presentation

Dear Way Families,

Please see the important information below:


enVision Math 2.0 Family Information Night

Join us on Monday, October 1, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. at Bloomfield Hills High School to learn more about the new K-5 Math Program - enVision Math 2.0. Bloomfield Hills Schools representatives will be present as well as a Pearson trainer to learn about what our new program offers to students and their families.

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A Note from the Way PTO

Dear Families,

Welcome to Way Elementary! For those of you who are new to this school, we warmly welcome you into this big family.  
If you are new, we have a Way mentor to help you navigate our school and community. Please reach out to Lisa Grabowski via email at or 734.612.7880 for any help acclimating.

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Suggested Supply Lists 2018-2019


Way Elementary
765 West Long Lake Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302


*Attendance: 248.341.7810
*(Includes early dismissals, late arrivals, absences and vacations)

Adam Scher, Principal

Cindy Antonis, Secretary

Jenny Rossi
Visible Thinking Coordinator

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Class 9:05 a.m. - 3:55 p.m.
Half Days 12:20 p.m. Dismissal

7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
3:55 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Office 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Bus Hotline:248.341.6296 @BHSBuses